Suspended License vs. Revoked License: What’s the Difference?

DUI Revoked License Ohio

A “suspension” of your license is when you lose the right to drive temporarily. After a certain amount of time, and provided your fines and reinstatement fees are paid, your license will be reinstated. It will cost you $475 to reinstate your license.

Having your license “revoked” is much more serious, and can mean a permanent loss of your right to drive.  This is an extreme step by the court and happens in the case of multiple DUI offenses, or when a DUI results in the death of another person. License revocation may also occur for a number of years. After that time without further offenses, you may reinstate your driver’s license. It will be as if you never had a license. You will have to apply for a license and complete any other requirements the State of Ohio deems appropriate.

A first-time OVI arrest and conviction in Ohio will cost you an administrative license suspension (ALS) of 90 days, in addition to a court ordered suspension, which will be between six months and three years.

Here’s a quick look at the license suspension and revocation penalties for OVI in Ohio:

 First OffenseSecond OffenseThird Offense

Fourth Offense

License suspension/revocation6 months to 3 years1 to 5 years1 to 10 year3 years to permanent

It is really important to note, too, that if your are pulled over and suspected of OVI, but refuse to take a chemical test (breathalyzer, blood, or urinalysis), the suspension penalties can also be quite severe.  This chart depicts those penalties.


 First OffenseSecond OffenseThird Offense
License suspension1 years2 years3 years

There are also ways to seek relief from these penalties in order to maintain your livelihood. An attorney well versed in OVI defense will be able to work with the court to try to get the charges mitigated, or possibly plead for relief of the suspension penalties.

Need an OVI/DUI Defense Lawyer in Ohio?

If you’re facing DUI or OVI charges in Columbus, Ohio, you need an experienced attorney who will review your case and create a strategy to either win the case or mitigate the potential damage to your record. This will protect your driving record, your license, and possibly even your livelihood. The skilled, trusted legal representation at Probst Law Office offers the help you need to be sure you have the best representation possible in fighting DUI/OVI charges.  Get the experience that you need and deserve when you hire Michael Probst as your attorney.  Contact Michael today for your free consultation, or call now at 614-232-8890.